Teaching is not just about delivering curriculum. It is about providing a safe haven for all students, giving them an environment within which they can thrive and be successful, even if just for a portion of their day. Mutual respect needs to be achieved and maintained, and an effective teacher should keep this under control at all times.
Mutual respect is one of the most crucial concepts to be delivered within the parameters of the school classroom. Without mutual respect, students will lose their way, and shy students will become lost in the shuffle, while bullies will reign supreme. The teacher must control the level of respect, and must develop and cultivate this mutual respect. It is their duty as an educator to provide a safe and inviting learning environment.
Modelling the appropriate behaviours and conveying the proper messages is imperative on the behalf of the teacher. Starting from the very first bell of the school year until the final bell dismisses students for the summer break, the teacher must have a classroom filled with mutual respect.
All diversities and differences must be acknowledged, and accepted. The teacher must incorporate all of the students in every aspect of the classroom life. If there are students with some noticeable differences, they must be openly spoken about, so that ignorance does not prey upon the classroom. If the teacher displays an interest and a positive attitude to learning about every student, then the rest of the class will buy into this philosophy.
Developing a culture of mutual respect in a classroom setting involves a prominent display of character and unmitigated temerity, as well as leadership qualities befitting a world leader. As teachers, the young and impressionable minds of the students are at the forefront of each lesson. Some of the most valuable lessons that they will learn will not come out of a book, but rather out of the actions and words of their life model.
A teacher makes all the difference in the life of a child, acting as surrogate parent, and instilling values in the young. They must exude warmth, and have the students believe in them as an educator. If the students are receptive to the teacher, then mutual respect will be much easier to accomplish.
Mutual respect should be a goal that is strived for in every facet of society, and by building respect from the bottom layer will ensure that tomorrow is a brighter day. In a classroom setting, a teacher has complete control, and should use this authority to prepare students for the world. Teaching respect is simple. It involves setting an example, and by doing as you say.
If the teacher does not tolerate any behaviour that is unacceptable, then the line will be drawn in the sand, and may no longer be crossed.
In order to develop mutual respect in the classroom, a teacher should make certain that at every opportunity, each child is afforded courtesy, friendship, and an understanding and compassionate heart.
An effective teacher will not simply allow the children to seat themselves, rather he or she will move the children around on a regular basis, or even sit them differently throughout the day. A wise teacher will be able to spot any brewing trouble or neglect, and can therefore nip it in the bud.
A fear of the unknown, and plain old ignorance are often at the forefront of most disrespect. Teaching tolerance and acceptance early on will establish the framework for a proper development of mutual respect. These are the teaching moments that make the vocation worth it all. Making a difference and having an indelible impact are unparalleled motivators that all effective teachers strive towards.
Respect is a true reflection of leadership. An effective teacher is able to develop a culture of mutual respect amongst the student clientele and him or herself within the confines of the classroom with relative ease. The teacher is the model example, and it is this exemplar that dictates the aura of respect in the class. The mutual respect also needs to be displayed between students, as this awareness of their peers will prove to be invaluable later in life.
When trying to develop a mutual respect in the classroom, the chore begins the moment the first school bell rings in September indicating the commencement of a new school year. From the outset, the tone needs to be set by the classroom teacher, and the respect must be a two way street at all times.
To begin, an effective teacher needs to gain the attention of all, and then, as an entire classroom, create a set of rules and boundaries for behaviour and respect that are to be followed religiously throughout the school year, in the classroom, in the halls, and even outside during recess and lunch breaks.
If the students make the rules, with the astute guidance of the teacher, they can feel some ownership over the rules, and may be more inclined to abide them.
Respect is fuelled by compassion and understanding, and everyone has their own little peccadilloes that make them unique, but that should not be used against them in an attempt to belittle, sully, or besmirch their reputation, or to harm their feelings. Feeling a sense of community within the classroom is done easily if started promptly. The proper discipline strategies need to be in place, whatever they may be for your own particular classroom.
There is a wonderful program called Tribes that establishes the feeling and sense of community. Working along the lines of Survivor, Tribes shows how to establish respect, teamwork, and team building. With all of the students and the teacher working together towards a common goal of mutual respect, the classroom can become a sanctuary for some students that have a strong need for inclusion.
Amongst all of the class, respect should include knowing the appropriate lines and boundaries not to cross. It is fine and dandy to joke around, but pushing the envelope too far should never occur. If all students are on board with the desire for mutual respect, then that unity will translate into a tight knit group of friends that just may be able to make a difference on the playground and in the hallways.
Respect is seldom seen these days, and communication skills are dwindling thanks to technology, but that can all be changed, one classroom at a time. The teacher just needs to be a strong advocate for the mutual respect.
At the beginning of every day, have the students go around and shake one another’s hand and say something nice and positive. This alone could buoy even the dourest of days for some. Paying it forward reaps benefits that may not even be seen for years to come, but it will come full circle eventually. A smile and a friendly word are powerful tools that bring out the best in people, and the mutual respect gleaned is exponentially increased through time.
A culture of mutual respect in the classroom is easily accomplished, and the effective teacher knows just how to get the job done right. Developing these minds changes things from a negative to a positive, and a whole new perspective is gleaned.